It was the first Easter after her encounter with Jesus and she was excited. Not just excited, but EXCITED. Jesus was alive! She had experienced His resurrection with Him during the previous week and was eager to celebrate His resurrection day.
As everyone went about their day, she told them the same thing.
“Yes, I know,” her mom said as she cooked a ham with all the fixings.
“Yes, I know,” her sister said as she grabbed her overflowing Easter basket.
“Yes, I know,” her brother said as he spread out his goodies.
“I know.” another brother said as he looked through the TV guide.
But she knew they didn’t get it. To them, Jesus was more of a concept than a real person. They believed in Him, went to church to worship Him, prayed to Him, but they didn’t know Him. Sure, He was alive, but up in heaven where He’s watching them until He gets to come back. No reason to get too excited.
Disappointed, she spent the day with her family, celebrating bunnies and candy and family time.
The next year, she was anticipating the same thing. And her family proved her correct.
“I know,” her mom said as she brought down the Easter baskets from the attic.
“I know,” her sister said as she put plastic grass into each basket.
“I know,” her brother said as he dyed hard boiled eggs pretty colors.
“I know,” another brother said as he read the newspaper funnies.
They still didn’t get it, she thought. But someday they will.
On Sunday, after church and Easter baskets and family time, she left to go back to her house – a two hour drive. Halfway there, she stopped at a church hall to attend the prayer meeting as she usually did on Sunday evenings. She thought surely the people here would celebrate Jesus’ resurrection! After all, they knew Him just like she did.
And she was right! She had never seen them so happy, so excited!
“Jesus is alive!” said one person as he hugged her.
She watched in amazement as he left her to greet other people, dancing from one person to another. And he wasn’t the only person dancing! Everyone wore huge smiles, their faces almost glowing with their excitement as they greeted each other with “He’s alive!” and “Halleluiah!” When the meeting started, the praise and worship was longer and louder and deeper than she had ever experienced.
Thirty minutes later, she watched as the leader stood up to speak. “Jesus is alive!” he said to the group.
She shouted with everyone else, “We know!”
And they did.